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Air Plant

Tillandsia ionantha 'Rubra'

Also known as


Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Air Plant Overview

Tillandsia ionantha 'Rubra' produces deep green leaves which develop a vivid red hue when the plant is about to flower. This red colouration is sustained through flowering and for a short while after. Flowers are deep purple in colour, surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts, these are coloured pink-red and function to protect the flower.

Common problems with Air Plant

Generally disease free, Slugs & snails can be a problem if placed outside in summer. They can also suffer from aphids & mealybugs.

    How to harvest Air Plant

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Air Plant


    Place the plant in a bowl of water for two or three hours to hydrate it. Gently spread the leaves of the plant to reveal the pups at its base. Separate the pups from the parent plant by gently pulling the plants apart at the base. Put the pups into the bowl of water as you separate them from the parent plant. Mist the pups each day, in the morning or early afternoon. Tillandsias are nocturnal and respire at night, which means they breathe in carbon dioxide at night. If the leaves are covered with a film of water, they cannot absorb the gas from the air.

    Special features of Air Plant

    Indoor plant